Main Street Streetscape Project
Since the completion of the Building a Better Bradford Regional Strategy in 2009, the City has focused on improving its gateway entrances from Route 219 into the Downtown Historic District and has invested a variety of resources in revitalizing two neighborhoods that support the downtown core. These efforts have all been made in an effort to strengthen and sustain the downtown core economy.
Beginning in 2015, the City began planning and applying for the funding necessary for major infrastructure streetscape improvements in the downtown core. A Main Street Economic Feasibility Study, conducted by Derck & Edson, was completed in the spring of 2017. The City’s Office of Economic and Community Development secured a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to fund the engineering design and inspection of the three-phase Main Street Streetscape project. The City hired Mackin Engineering Company to undertake survey work and prepare the engineering design for streetscape improvements on Main Street, Pine Street and Congress Street.
Additionally, OECD secured a $1.75 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Grant (RACP), which will be used to fund Phase I of the project (Mechanic Street to Chestnut Street). An application to fund Phase II (Chestnut Street to Festival Way) will be submitted in 2018 and a Transportation Alternative Set-Aside application has been submitted for Phase III (Festival Way to E. Main Street/High Street). OECD has also submitted an application to PennDOT’s Greenlight-Go program to fund traffic signal upgrades/improvements. Construction for Phase I is scheduled for Spring 2018.